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December 3, 2012

Woman faces DUI in downtown crash

An East Main Street woman is being charged with her third alleged drunken driving offense in the wake of a weekend crash in which multiple witnesses saw her vehicle strike a light poll and then a fence at Rowe Square off Main Street.

Linda Jerome, 53, was criminally cited on charges of drunken driving, operating to endanger, marked lanes violations, speeding and leaving the scene of property damage after she allegedly struck the pole and fence — then drove approximately one mile to her home with a flat front tire and damage to the front and right side of her vehicle Friday about 10:01 p.m., police said.

Police said Jerome, who escaped serious injury in the escapade, reportedly lost control of the vehicle at the corner of Prospect and Main Streets, failing to stop at a posted “stop” sign, then driving over the sidewalk on Main Street.

Police said Jerome struck a light pole near the corner of Main and Rogers Streets, causing it to detach from the ground and go over a concrete wall. Police said that, in order to do that, Jerome would have to have been driving about 40 miles per hour.

Witnesses reported seeing Jerome strike the pole, then drive in reverse back onto Rogers Street before heading eastward on Main Street, according to police. Another witness reported seeing a vehicle, later identified as Jerome’s, driving down East Main Street with a sparking tire.

Police said they followed “fresh” tire tracks in the roadway that ended at Jerome’s East Main Street home, according to police. Officers said they noted “extensive” damage to a vehicle parked at the home and knocked on the door, requesting to speak with Jerome. But, police said, when Jerome came to the door, they were unable to perform sobriety tests.

“She was so drunk that it was impossible for them to have her do field sobriety tests,” an officer wrote in the report.

Police said because Jerome had a bloody lip, which seemed to result from hitting her head during the accident, officers offered medical attention and filed a criminal complaint rather than arresting the woman.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.

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